she took maleeva to 3 sets at RG this year, most people expceted alicia to win that, even me but clay is alicia's worst surface (or it is meant to be) and she took maleeva to 3 on that surface and maleeva took a set of clijsters 6-0 in what i think was the 4th round.
Well Alicia beat Maleeva (when she was ranked 15) at the US Open 2001, and I agree Alicia has improved immensely since. Alicia knows what to do after losing to Maggie at the French and she must gain confidence after playing and winning a match on centre court (vs Haynes).
Maleeva is consistent so it will be up to Alicia to whether she wins or loses this match. But in reality, this is a match that she's gotta take advantage of. She really has a chance to grab some nice quality pts, so good luck Alicia!
PREDICTION: Molik bts Maleeva (10) 6-7(7), 6-2, 6-3
Best of luck to Alicia for her match against Maleeva.
I'm quite a big fan of Alicia, she's definetly my favourite Aussie and I've seen her play at the Hopman Cup the last two years where she has played very well.
if she got this win the she would of made it to the quarterfinals because Capriati retired against Likovsteva and Molik has beaten Likhovsteva twice this year once on hard and once on grass ( nasdaq open and wimveldon )